U.S. sweeps women’s S9 100-meter backstroke at Parapan Games
By Josh Eisenberg/Wheelchair Sports Federation
Team USA earned a medal sweep in one of the swimming events Aug. 27 at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Peru.
The U.S. swept the women’s S9 100-meter backstroke. Hannah Aspden won gold, while teammates Elizabeth Smith and Amanda Palyo earned silver and bronze.
Other U.S. swimming medal winners included: Tye Dutcher (gold, men’s S10 100-meter backstroke); Abigail Gase (gold, women’s S7 100-meter backstroke); Aspen Shelton (silver, women’s S12 100-meter backstroke); Zachary Shattuck (silver, men’s 100-meter breaststroke); Abigail Nardella (bronze, women’s SB6 100-meter breaststroke); and Leslie Cichocki (bronze, women’s S14 100-meter backstroke).
Other highlights included:
U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball player Rebecca Murray scored 22 points and helped lead Team US to a 57-42 victory over Brazil on Tuesday in San Borja, Peru, at the 2019 Parpan American Games.
In wheelchair tennis, Team USA’s Bryan Barten and David Wagner each earned quad singles quarterfinal victories. Barten defeated Guatemala’s Julio Rueda 2-0, while Wagner knocked off Brazil’s Silva Ymanitu 2-0.
After Samantha Bosco earned a gold during the Aug. 27 500-meter para cycling event, the United States athlete followed it up Aug. 28 by keeping to the right track. She won the 3,000-meter race in 3 minutes, 57.832 seconds. Clara Brown also won gold, winning the women’s C1-C3 individual pursuit in 4:15.628.
Joseph Berenyi (silver) and Jason Kimball (bronze) also earned medals in the men’s individual pursuit C1-3 finals.
In goalball, Team USA’s women’s team defeated Brazil 4-2, while the U.S. men’s team rolled past Peru 13-3.
Team USA’s Stetson Bardfield won gold in para shooting, taking the mixed 10-meter air rifle prone SH2 event. Teammate McKenna Dahl earned silver in the event.
The U.S.’ men’s sitting volleyball team swept Canada 3-0, while the U.S.’ women’s sitting volleyball team swept Peru 3-0.
Medal Count (after Aug. 27):
United States (108)
*Argentina has less gold medals than Columbia, so it is officially higher on the list.